Ritu is a South Jersey residence for more than 25 years. She has been recognized for her talents in Yoga & Breath work (Pranayama), Ayurvedic cooking with spices, Indian Folk and Bollywood dancing, Batik, Henna, and Mandalas for over 25 years. She is a great dancer and a passionate yogi. She learned Indian classical dance, Yoga and studied Sanskrit in her childhood and later from authorities of well-known institutions in India. She has double Masters Degrees in Mathematics and Statistics and worked in IT industry for more than thirty years. Currently she teaches Yoga at her own studio at ‘Happiness Within’ and also at Health centers.
She is a passionate yogi working with children, youths and adults teaching them the benefits of Yoga and has worked with numerous organizations throughout the area and around the world. Ritu spend a month in Uganda every year, teaching in orphanage and disadvantage communities, practices of Yoga and art of breathing. Her 20 days residencies at St. Anthony of Padua, St. Josephs Pre-Cathedral School in Camden NJ and at St. Cecilia Catholic School in Pennsauken, Bridgeton HS are the highlights of her work, where she teaches mind body and movement workshops to school children.
Locally, Ritu guides people of all ages through creative movements with breath and meditation, and reach people of diverse ethnic, cultural, economic, and social backgrounds for whom yoga is not easily accessible in an effort to foster individual transformation, empathy and centeredness as a means to radical social change.
Over the years, Ritu has been the recipient of several awards and teaching grants. These include the Professional Excellence Award presented by the Council of Indian Organizations in Greater Philadelphia for her efforts toward the preservation and promotion of Indian Folk Art and Painting. Her unique creative art has been displayed in exhibitions throughout the country, including the Univ. of Tennessee, the University of Pennsylvania Museum, Newark Museum, Rutgers University, Ohio State University, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Camden & Burlington County Cultural Heritage Centers, Wheaton Village, Please Touch Museum and Discovery Museum.
Ritu is a also a recipient of Leeway grant for social change through Mandala & Movement and recipient of Community Artists Residency Training Program & folk art grant from NJ council on Arts. She serves on the Executive Board of NAADA Inc., an Indo-American nonprofit organization that strives to promote Indian arts.